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MDI Awarded $25,000 to Expand Workforce Development Program

MDI, a non-profit organization committed to an inclusive work environment for individuals with disabilities, has been awarded $25,000 from the Minnesota State Division of Academic and Student Affairs. This grant will be used to provide training, which focuses on personal and professional skill development, through the program Work Skills 101. This program offers participants with and without disabilities the opportunity to learn marketable skills...

MDI Honors Hibbing Graduates of In-House Training Program

A celebration was held at the MDI facility in Hibbing on Friday, July 14, to recognize nine MDI employees for their completion of Work Skills 101, an in-house training program developed and launched by MDI in April 2017. The celebration was for the second group of MDI employees to graduate the six-week, 13 session workforce development program.

“These individuals worked very hard during the Work Skills 101 program and spent time getting...

Tracy Promoted to Operations Manager Upon Retirement of Flesland

This month Gary Flesland retired as Operations Manager of the Hibbing facility after 44 years of service to MDI, effective July 7. Andy Tracy was promoted to the Hibbing Operations Manager position, filling the vacancy created by Flesland.

Rod Wood, MDI Vice President of Operations said, “We are sad to see Gary leave MDI. Gary joined us in 1973, as a warehouse...

Changing of the Guards

Gary Flesland hands the keys of the Hibbing Facility over to Andy Tracy, the new Hibbing Operations Manager as of Gary’s retirement on July 7, 2017.  Gary has been the only Operations Manager to oversee the Hibbing plant since it opened in 1992.  Gary has been with MDI for 44 years in total and has had a positive and lasting impact on the lives of many employees over the years.  We all wish Gary the best in his retirement.  Andy...

Supporting the Communities We Serve

Every day, MDI employees work together to fulfill our vision - meaningful employment opportunities for all people with disabilities. Our team is not limited to the ‘box’ we create, but supported in the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the communities we serve.

Check out how our exceptional employees are making a difference!

United Way - Day of Action
On June 21, MDI Cohasset...

Modern Materials Handling Selects MDI Tote as Product of the Month

MDI Corrugated Plastic Totes were recently selected as a Product of the Month in the June 2017 Edition of Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News.

The article highlights the corrugated plastic totes return and reuse in closed-loop supply chains. View feature here...

A Minnesota company grows while employing a wider array of workers

Plastics are playing a central role at a nonprofit that's helping hundreds of people — both with and without disabilities — have better lives.

Minnesota Diversified Industries Inc., a maker of plastic corrugated sheeting, totes and trays, is a Minneapolis-based social enterprise — an organization that makes money to do good — with four locations in the state.

About 90 percent of its nearly $40 million in sales last year came from...